The 20 best places to visit in England

 

Built in 1998 in the north of the country just south of the city of Newcastle is a roadside sculpture known as the Angel Of The North. Made from steel, weighing in at over 200 tons it stands at 20 metres (66 ft) tall with a wingspan of 54 metres (177 ft) across.

20. Angel Of The North

 

In the south west of the country, a short distance west from the city of Plymouth is the Cornish fishing village of Polperro. Known for its quaint little harbour and pretty coastline, the village is a tourist favourite for its tightly packed fisherman's houses set within idyllic surroundings.

19. Polperro

 

In the city of Liverpool are a trio of famous landmarks built on the site of the former George's Dock, they are the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building, together known as George's Pier Head. The entire riverside location is part of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World Heritage Site.

18. George's Pier Head

 

Founded in 1132 AD, the ruins of Fountains Abbey is one of the largest and most well preserved Cistercian monasteries in England. As such, along with the Studley Royal Park it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

17. Fountains Abbey

 

Completed in 1133 AD in the city of Durham in the north east of the country is the Cathedral Church Of Christ, Blessed Mary The Virgin & St. Cuthbert Of Durham, more commonly known as Durham Cathedral. This enormous church building is regarded to be one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in the United Kingdom, with the central tower standing 66 metres (217 ft) high it offers visitors fantastic views over the city and surrounding areas. The cathedral along with the nearby Durham Castle has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

16. Durham Cathedral

 

Built around the year 1080 AD in the northern city of York is the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church Of Saint Peter In York, more well known simply as York Minster. This enormous Grade 1 listed building is the second largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe behind the immense Cologne Cathedral. Exquisitely decorated inside as it is outside the cathedral is also famed for having the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.

15. York Minster

 

In the northern centre of the country just to the south of the Scottish border is 2,000 square kilometres (770 square miles) of open countryside and hills known as the North Pennines. The entire area is a UNESCO Global Geopark, seen as an area of outstanding geological heritage.

Pictured is the glaciated valley of High Cup Nick.

14. North Pennines

 

In the centre of the country between and below Manchester and Sheffield, marking the southern end of the Pennines Range is the Peak District National Park. With easy access from the surrounding cities, this protected parkland of hills, plateaus, valleys and limestone gorges is one of the most visited national parks in the country.

13. Peak District National Park

 

In North Yorkshire, within the North York Moors National Park is the seaside village of Staithes. At one time it was one of the central fishing hubs within the country, today it has become a tourist destination thanks in part to it's picturesque cliff coastline and tightly packed waterside townhouses.

12. Staithes

 

In the north east of the country just north of the city of York is the North York Moors National Park, the largest area of heather moorland in the United Kingdom. This mainly open hilly area of protected land is a beauty spot of North Yorkshire and a must for anyone visiting this part of England.

11. North York Moors National Park

 

Covering an area of 693 square kilometres (267 square miles) in the south west of country within Somerset and Devon is an area of protected hilly moorland known as Exmoor National Park. Though the park is a beautiful location for trekkers and walkers, the real jewel is along the coast where the cliffs are cut with ravines and waterfalls making for an especially pretty landscape.

10. Exmoor National Park

 

Built in the 11th century to the west of London in the English county of Berkshire is the longest occupied palace in Europe, Windsor Castle. Having been upgraded and updated throughout the centuries this long serving home of the British Royal Family has elements of Georgian expression with extravagant Baroque interiors with Rococo and Gothic furnishings still admired by visitors from around the world. This hugely popular tourist attraction is the home and workplace to more than 500 people making Windsor Castle the largest inhabited castle on the planet.

9. Windsor Castle

 

Originally founded in 597 AD and completely rebuilt in 1077 AD in the town of Canterbury is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in Britain, Canterbury Cathedral. As one of the finest Gothic structures in Europe the cathedral has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

8. Canterbury Cathedral

 

In the county of Somerset is the ancient city of Bath. Famed for it's natural hot springs, it inspired the Romans to build temples and baths in the valley of the river Avon. Today the pretty city centre draws in visitors for it's 18th century Georgian architecture, original Roman baths, statues and temples.

Pictured is the Pulteney Bridge, one of only four bridges in the world to have shops across it's entire span.

7. Bath

 

In the extreme south east of the country along the Kent coastline is a 13 kilometre (8 mile) stretch of steep cliff face with a striking chalk facade known as the White Cliffs Of Dover. Set at the narrowest point of the English Channel that separates the United Kingdom from continental Europe, the cliffs have great symbolic value, as for centuries they would be the first or last glimpse of England for anyone travelling through the port.

6. White Cliffs Of Dover

 

The capital city of England, the most populated city in the United Kingdom and one of the most visited tourist destinations on the planet, the city of London is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, numerous museums and historical and modern iconic landmarks known the world over.

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5. London

 

Covering a distance of 154 kilometres (96 miles) along the southern coast is an area known as the Jurassic Coast. Coastal erosion of the area has exposed a sequence of rock formations covering the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, holding the fossilised remains of creatures that roamed the landscape throughout the last 185 million years. The entire span of the Jurassic Coast has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pictured is the natural limestone arch of Durdle Door.

4. The Jurassic Coast

 

Famed for it's rolling green hills, stately homes and quintessentially English quaint little villages, the Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty mostly in the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. With picture perfect streets of small buildings made from Cotswold stone, two villages of note for any visitors are Castle Combe and Bibury.

Pictured is the famous Arlington Row in the village of Bibury.

3. Cotswolds

 

In the county of Wiltshire, more famous than Woodhenge and Strawhenge, and as the story goes, each made by one of the three little pigs. I'm kidding of course, though believe me when I say there is a Woodhenge.

Believed to have been constructed around 3,000 BC, what isn't so well known is that the site didn't look as it does today until as recently as 1958 when it underwent serious restoration. Anyone interested finding out more should search for 'rebuilding Stonehenge'.

This world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most instantly recognisable prehistoric monuments on the planet, and was on the final shortlist for one of the Seven Wonders Of The World.

2. Stonehenge

 

In the north west of the country in the county of Cumbria is the Lake District National Park, famous for it's lakes, forests and mountains. All the land in England higher than 910 metres (3,000 ft) above sea level lies within the park including the Scafell Pike, at 978 metres (3,209 ft) it is the tallest mountain the country. This protected area of extreme natural beauty has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

1. Lake District National Park

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